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Anniversary Show (April 30, 1949)




Anniversary Show "Ten years ago today", broadcast on WNBT (W2XBS) on April 30, 1949.
Host: Ben Grauer - Guests: Earl Wrightson, Kyle MacDonnell and The Three Flames

On April 30, 1939 NBC launched Television as a regular public service with a telecast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and others in formal opening of the New York World Fair of 1939.

This program contains some remarkable Kinescope excerpts:
- "Pickup from Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Leyte at sea" (Aug. 29, 1948),
- "Election returns" (Nov. 2, 1948),
- "Howdy Doody for President" (Nov. 13, 1948).


Run time 29 minutes 32 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: 60skid - - July 27, 2011
Subject: BEFORE DICK CLARK
ben grauer was the long time host of new years eve at times square with the ball dropping to begin a new year. for years he did this while quite elderly . a long time radio voice at nbc .
Reviewer: Meatpies - - April 20, 2011
Subject: Thoroughly enjoyable!
It's so much fun to see a program from 1949 celebrating television's 10th anniversary. It brings things into perspective, actually, when you consider that this program is 62 years old!
Reviewer: Karltonthedoorman - - July 20, 2010
Subject: 10 Year Anniversary
NBC seems to be "still selling" television at the ten year anniversary. I enjoyed the historical clips from the 30's and 40's. My favorite part of the program is the final act.
Reviewer: DesiluTrek - - July 20, 2010
Subject: Time warp x 2
I love the '39 World's Fair ... it's great to see it from this 10-years-removed 1949 perspective.
Reviewer: Earle Bruce - - July 14, 2010
Subject: fun to watch
Take the time to watch the end of this half hour clip...A nice tune by a fantastic trio
Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - - July 13, 2010
Subject: Interestingly Odd
An interestingly odd mix of newsreel clips, kinescopes clips, and live musical performances in this 1949 broadcast. While some of it is questionable (including the final music act), the programme is still enjoyable and worth watching.

On that subject, Kyle also appears on another item in this section, an episode of "Cavalcade of Stars".
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